Why Do Some Wildfires Have Explosive Growth While Others Are Predictable?

Living out here in California, I’ve already seen enough wildfires for a lifetime – scary stuff. The science of fire-fighting is essential to defeating these monsters of disaster. Surely if we can put a man on the moon, win WWII, win the Cold War, and defeat international terrorism (that last one is coming, it’s just taking a little extra time) then we should be able to tackle these intense wildfires which couple evil humans (arsonists) with Mother Nature. What if I said to you that I suspect there are additional components to the fire science equations when it comes to the intensity of these types of wildfires? Let me explain, and suggest we fund additional research.

As an example let me use the Blue Cut Wildfire in Mid-August of 2016 in San Bernardino County – The Los Angeles Time on August 18, 2016 had an interesting story about this titled; “‘We got our butts kicked,’ firefighters say as Blue Cut fire defies containment,” by Angel Jennings, Bettina Boxall and Paloma Esquivel noted that:

“All the ingredients were there. Dry heat, gusting winds in a mountain pass cloaked in dead grass and drought-shriveled chaparral. All it needed was a spark. It came at 10:36 Tuesday morning near Kenwood Avenue west of Interstate 15. The Blue Cut fire was born. ‘It all aligned. The wind, the fuel and the topography,’ said Capt. Howard Deets of the Mill Creek hotshot crew based in the San Bernardino National Forest. “When that happens there’s nothing you can do about it. You could throw the world’s fire-fighting resources at it and it’s just going to keep going.”

The Fire Captain suggests a perfect storm, but there may be more criteria involved. For instance, we are entering a Full-Moon Cycle, this changes the effects of gravity on flames and debris kicked up into the air by the flames, allowing it to travel further and thus, the fire can move faster. Also, consider the Solar Flare activity.

Okay so, consider this: We learned from SpaceWeather.com – that a “A co-rotating interaction region (CIR) is expected to hit Earth’s magnetic field on Aug. 19th. CIRs are transition zones between slow- and fast-moving solar wind streams. Shock waves and density gradients inside these regions often do a good job sparking auroras. NOAA forecasters say there is a 40% chance of G1-class geomagnetic storms when the CIR arrives.”

We know that such external forces will affect the characteristics of a wildfire in several ways, but to what extent we do not know, thus, we cannot guarantee that our Firestorm Supercomputer Algorithms are accurate. Until we know and quantify these additional components, our computer modeling cannot be assumed precise. Such research may also have drastic implications to Hurricane and Typhoon predictions, which may be research for another day with funding as well. We need to know.

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Things To Look For In A Math Tutorial Center

Finding a good math tutor in your area may not be a walk in the park for you have to go to an established and specialized center that focuses on Math subjects. There are a great number of qualified centers but you have to be keen in choosing the right program that would fit your kid’s abilities.

A specialist center for this kind of tutorial will help your kids acquire skills and knowledge required regardless of any curriculum followed. It uses its own curriculum that takes care of core mathematical topics and bridges the gaps in understanding that make it hard for the normal learner. Its staff consists of tutors and professionals trained and certified in this particular teaching method.

If you want a quick way to find the right help that your children need, keep the following questions in your search for a tutorial centre:

1. Do you focus on math? – It’s important that their tutors specialize in this subject since their effectiveness is diluted when pressed to teach different subjects.

2. Do qualified teachers lead students through the program? – The teachers should lead the instruction and not leave a lot of it up to a computer program or practice worksheets.

3. Do you allow flexibility in your program schedule? – While there is a recommended schedule, it’s good to know that it’s not a rigid one so your children can do more or fewer sessions depending on the need.

4. Do you customize lessons for each student? – For instruction to be thoroughly effective, tutors should customize it to address particular weaknesses while also building on strengths. They don’t expect all their students to fit in one instructional continuum.

5. Do you have a variety of media and methods to fit different learning styles? – The center should acknowledge that there are different types of learners so its tutors go beyond the usual worksheets and computer programs. They use a combination of guided practice, manipulatives, as well as math games to engage their students and develop in them a better appreciation of math.

6. Do you offer special sessions for preparing students to take standardized tests, including university placement exams and high school exit exams? – The center you choose should stick to its code of individualized instruction so that sessions could specifically cater to your children’s strengths and weaknesses. It doesn’t offer the usual large review classes that don’t really lead to successful results.

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Math Made Easy – Ideas Your Children Will Enjoy

Teaching kids is a task parents must not compromise. Because of this, parents invest in time searching for tips on how to teach their kids. Sadly, teaching kids can be very hard especially if you are teaching them math lessons. But, there are math made easy ideas and techniques your children will enjoy. Below are some of the following.

Make lessons interesting

One of the best ways to make math easy for your children is to ensure that lessons are interesting. Kids are very energetic in everything they do. However, when it comes to lessons especially math, they are quite bored. Therefore, parents need to make sure that they can create interesting lessons. And, the best way is to incorporate books that focus on numbers. In this way, kids will be participating and learning math at the same time.

Learn on devices

Apart from using books in your math lessons, it is also best to make use of your devices. Most children these days make use of devices. Luckily, parents can take this into their advantage by searching for applications that can teach kids math. Not to mention, parents can also create problems that can be solved using devices to allow kids to enjoy learning math.

Show them relevance

To make math easy for kids, parents also need to show them its relevance. And, the best way to do this is by showing kids that math is useful in real life from shopping, cooking, baking and many more. By allowing kids to understand the importance of math, they will likely to be interested in the lessons.

Watch your words

When teaching math to your children, it is imperative for parents to watch the words they are using. This is important since some terminologies can affect how kids understand the lesson. In addition, using hard to understand terminologies can make math problems even harder. So, much as possible, parents need to make use of simple words that kids can understand easily.

Hire math tutors

In case that you have difficulties in searching for math made easy ideas for your kids, it is also ideal to hire math tutors. These tutors are experts in making lessons easier for kids. Other than that, tutors can also provide unique teaching methods just for your kids.

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